2018 Retrospective

Orlo – Character Designs, 2018


THINGS I DID
• My wife and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary at the start of the year.
• We closed on a lot to build our first house together.
• We took three trips to St. George, UT.
• We voted in the 2018 midterm election.
• I designed and illustrated two book covers, five theater posters, a thank you card, a baby shower invitation, and about a hundred storyboards.
• I had a short comic published in the LDS Missionary Comic Anthology Served which raised nearly $25,000 on Kickstarter.
• I finished the first issue of my comic book series, The Impossible Mr. Quix, with 2 more in the pipeline.
• I sold several hundred items on Society6.
• I learned to use Adobe After Effects.
• I acted as Dungeon Master in a 9+ month D&D campaign.
• I started a full-time job as a graphic designer/illustrator.
• I designed my first national ad campaign.
• I read 14 books and 26 comic book trades, finished 9 video games, watched 60 movies and 32 seasons of television, attended 3 concerts and one live broadcast of a play.
• And best of all, I witnessed the birth of my first daughter.

BOOKS I READ
Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong by David Walsh
Back Story by David Mitchell
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
On Becoming Baby Wise by Bucknam/Ezzo
Twelve Hours of Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old by Giordano/Abidin
How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dune by Frank Herbert
Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
Animal Farm by George Orwell*

COMICS I READ
Punisher Max by Aaron/Dillon
COPRA: Round Five by Michel Fiffe
Secret Wars by Hickman/Ribic
Dogby Walks Alone by Wes Abbot
Reborn by Millar/Capullo
Doom Patrol: Crawling from the Wreckage by Morrison/Case
Stormwatch: Force of Nature by Ellis/Raney
Noah by Aranofsky/Handel
The Goon, Volumes 1-13 by Eric Powell*
Hellboy, Volumes 1-5 by Mike Mignola*

VIDEO GAMES I COMPLETED
• Dark Souls
• Portal
• The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
• Metroid: Zero Mission
• Mario Kart 8
• Shovel Knight
• Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest*
• The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past*

TV I WATCHED
The Great British Bake-Off (Seasons 1-2)
The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell
The Good Place (Seasons 1-3)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 13)
Frasier (Seasons 1-2)
The Toys That Made Us (Season 1)
Would I Lie To You (Season 12)
Avatar the Last Airbender (Seasons 1-3)*
Parks & Recreation (Seasons 1-7)*
Peep Show (Seasons 1-9)*
Trigun*

PERFORMANCES I ATTENDED
• Spoon (live concert), The Cosmpolitan, Las Vegas
• I’m With Her (live concert), The State Room, Salt Lake City
• Andrea Bocelli (live concert), Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City
• King Lear (broadcast), National Theater Live

FAVORITE MOVIES (FROM YEARS PAST) I WATCHED
High Noon
• Heat
• Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
• Key Largo
• American Dreamer
• Conspiracy
• The Raven (1935)


FAVORITE MOVIES (FROM THIS YEAR) I WATCHED
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
• Bad Times at the El Royale
• Annihilation
• Paddington 2
• Crazy Rich Asians


SONGS I LISTENED TO THE MOST
Hannah Hunt by Vampire Weekend
Inside Out by Spoon
This is America by Childish Gambino
Love by Lana Del Ray
Water by Ra Ra Riot
I’ll Be Here in the Morning by Townes Van Zandt
Mississippi (Outtake Version 2) by Bob Dylan
Isolation by John Lennon
Phone in a Pool by Ben Folds
That Western Skyline by Dawes
Clay Pigeons by John Prine
Spanish Moss by Jackson C. Frank
Easy by The Commodores
The Weekend by Dave Rawlings Machine
Trouble by Cat Stevens
Aint That Fine by I’m With Her
Let the Mystery Be by Iris DeMent
Ghost Town by Kanye West
Bad by Lennon Stella

*Indicates a title I’d read/seen previously

Sick

It’s been a long few weeks. Get your flu vaccines, folks. Wash your hands, cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough, and if you get sick please stay home or wear a mask.

The 3 Pilgrims has been on the back-burner, but I’ll be getting caught up over the next month or so with multiple updates. Thanks for your patience!

A New Year

I’m real bad at updating this site. But it’s a new year, and with that comes new resolutions. Right now I’m working on the first issue of The Impossible Mr. Quix. I’m continuing to update The 3 Pilgrims every weekday (or if I miss a day, I’ll make up for it the next). Looking forward to setting more goals and accomplishing great things in 2018.

Be good.

The Film Nerd 2.0 Guide to Star Wars

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I’m happy to announce the release of the book I illustrated, You’re Watching It Wrong: The Film Nerd 2.0 Guide to Star Wars written by one of my favorite film critics, Drew McWeeny.


Film Nerd 2.0 was a regular column by Drew about the experience of showing classic movies to his kids. Now he has compiled all of his Star Wars-related articles. It’s a great read if you’re a Star Wars fan or a parent (and especially if you’re both!). I can almost guarantee it will make you cry at some point.

If you can spare 7 bucks, you’ll get to enjoy some of the best writing on film ever published (and some pretty fun illustrations as a bonus).

Click here to buy the e-book direct from Drew’s website.

My top 10 favorite movies of 2016

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The Ones I Missed:
Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, Hell or High Water, Jackie, Kubo and the Two Strings

The Ones I Liked:
Arrival, The Witch, High-Rise, Knight of Cups, I Am Not A Serial Killer, Popstar, Moana

The Ones I Loved (Top 10):

10 | The Lobster
A twisted, hilarious gut punch of a movie, and a reminder that Colin Farrell is one our greatest living actors.

9 | La La Land
Beautifully dramatizes the idea that it’s not always a straight line from where you are to where you want to be.

The BFG
Only a master like Spielberg could craft a fart joke sequence as brilliant as the one featured here. Rylance is impeccable.

The Jungle Book
Somehow a Kipling adaptation delivers a powerful, forward-thinking, anti-colonialism message in a year that desperately needed it.

| Green Room
A perfect study in building tension and then releasing it through shocking moments of violence. Stunning subtle performances from everyone.

Hail Caesar!
Come for the fun riffs on classic cinematic styles; stay for the deep-rooted, morally-complex themes about the intersections between business, politics, and Christian faith. It’s kept me thinking all year.

Tickled
The less you know, the better. The second-best paranoia thriller of the year.

The Invitation
The less you know, the better. The best paranoia thriller of the year.

| Hunt for the Wilderpeople
You can’t help but fall in love with these characters. The funniest movie of the year. Ricky Baker!

Silence
It spoke to me on a profound level. Among Scorsese’s finest, which means it’s one of the best movies ever made.